Clicking on the name of the country will take you to all of
the sites in that region, listed at the bottom of the page.
Clicking on the individual sites
will take you directly to that web page. We would suggest
visiting the country unless you only want to see a specific site
Brunei: Touring the Empire Hotel, Visiting the Sultan at the Istana
Cambodia: Temples of Siem Reap, VR Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
Japan: mega-site containing Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, and more. Shinsoji Temple Tour
Malaysia: Tioman Island, Melaka, Langkawi, Batu Caves, Islamic Arts
Tropicale/Tanjong Jara Resort, Islamic Arts
Sri Lanka: mega-site containing Colombo, Galle, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigirigya, Kandalama, and Kandy
Thailand: Bangkok, Phuket, Sam Roi Yot:
Thung Wetlands, Phraya Nakhon Temple
Cave, Guan Yin Shrine
Western Australia: mega-site containing Perth/Freemantle, Margaret River, Yallingup, Dwellingup, Margaret River Wine Tour
Central and North America:
England: In and Around London, including Westminster, Harrow School, Windsor, and Wimbledon
Lebanon: Byblos, Sidon, Tyre, Chouf Mountains, Virtual Baalbek, Virtual Anjar
Bandar Seri Begawan: Brunei's Capital:
During our Thanksgiving break of November 2003, we took
advantage of travel specials offered at the end of Hari Raya,
a major Muslim holiday, to visit the country of Brunei.
Located on an island that is also home to East Malaysia,
Brunei is an oil-rich nation whose Sultan is the world's
richest monarch. We stayed at the fabulous Empire Resort and
Country Club, and were lucky enough to see the Istana, the
Sultan's palace, opened to visitors for the three days
following Hari Raya. Tour
this fabulous hotel and meet the Sultan!
Visit Siem Reap and Tour the Ancient
This website is the result of two trips, 14 years apart. The first trip to Siem Reap resulted in a map-based virtual tour, an architectural survey of most of the temples in the area. In 2018 we returned with new technology which allowed us to create VR (virtual reality) based tours of two of the most important complexes, the vast Angkor Wat temple, and the temples enclosed within the old City walls of Angkor Thom. These tours provide a much more interactive look at the complexes, as they offer 360 degree viewing, as well as embedded maps, videos, and photos. They may also be viewed in headsets such as Google Cardboard. Click here on on the map to tour the temples of Siem Reap.
Bali: Explore the charms of this Tropical Hideaway:
Our extensive Bali web pages include visits to Ubud (including Ubud itself), as well as Murni's Warung and Villa Kunang-Kunang), Candidasa and the Water Garden Villas, as well as our fabulous anniversary stay at the Four Seasons Villas in beautiful Jimbaran Bay. Take a trip to paradise!
Bintan Island: A Short Getaway from Singapore:
The Banyan Tree Resort on Bintan Island is just
an hour's hop by high speed ferry. It terms of the pace of
life and enjoyment of the charms of the tropics, it is a
million miles away from Singapore. Come join us for a
tour of this fabulous resort. . .
Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan
In February of 2004 Dale returned to Rajasthan,
this time with a group of 20 students from the Singapore
American School. This "India Adventure" lasted 10 days and
covered aspects of history, culture, nature, and
architecture in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. From the Taj
Mahal to the deserts of Pushkar, come visit the
delights of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. . .
See Some of the Highlights of Japan:
Last February Dale and another SAS staff member (also named Dale) took students on an 8 day tour of Japan. Visiting Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and Hiroshima, the trip explored many facets of Japanese life, including the history and culture (past and present) as well as experiencing a taste of how the Japanese live. The trip included a stay at a traditional Japanese inn, a homestay, a tour of the high-tech world of electronics, visits to ancient shrines, and even a trip to Universal Studios. To take a virtual tour of this trip, click here or on the image of Mt. Fuji. . .
On our way to the U.S. in August of
2018 we had a layover at Narita Airport (near Tokyo). We
used this time to visit Shinshoji Temple and nearby
Naritasan Park, and created a 360 virtual tour of the
visit one of Japan's oldest and most visited temples.
Tioman Island: A Jewel of the South Pacific (in the South China Sea
Tioman Island, off the east coast of Malaysia, is a renowned diving site and a favorite of golfers fleeing the high-priced greens fees in Singapore. It is also a wonderful place to just hang out and soak up the sun, as we found over Thanksgiving Break. Tioman is the setting of Bali Hai in the musical South Pacific. Come discover this little slice of paradise, where monkeys frolic on the golf course (no, the real ones, the animals!)
Melaka: Crossroads of the Ancient Mariners
Melaka is a port city about 2 hours' drive from Kuala Lumpur. In the period when the Indian Ocean was the dominant world trade network, it was one of the most important ports in the world. The history of Melaka is a microcosm of the history of Southeast Asia, as traders from Africa, the Arab world, India and China all left their mark. It also felt the impact of colonialism under the Portuguese, Dutch, and English. Our Melaka page covers these experiences in two virtual tours, one of the colonial Majestic Hotel and the other a tour of Melaka's historical district. Click here or on the photo to discover Melaka's rich past.
Trip to the Four Seasons Langkawi
This was the first leg in an
epic 2007 spring holiday, a trip to the Malaysian island of
Langkawi. We stayed at the Four Seasons Langkawi and sampled
all of the delights that it had to offer: food,
accomodations, and activitiles. Come visit this
island paradise that was our home for five blissful nights
and learn all that it has to offer the pampered traveler!
Batu Caves: Tour the Hindu Temple Caves
The Batu Caves are one of only 10 Shrines in the
world dedicated to the Hindu god Murugan. The complex, which
consists of numerouse shrines housed in 4 limestone caves is
the focal point in Malaysia for the Tamil celebration of
Thaipusam. This page offers a virtual tour of the entire
complex, including the caves, and explains the major temples
and the deities to whom they are dedicated. Click here or on the
photo to the left to learn more about the temples and their
Colmar Tropical and Tanjong Jara Resort:
Our Travels in the Time of Covid-19
Thulhagiri: our trip to the Maldives
second leg of our epic spring break of 2007 we
traveled to Thulhagiri Island Resort on the northern
atoll of the Maldive island chain. It was a return
after a long hiatus for Tracy, and my first trip to
this storied vacation destination. We spent our time
snorkeling, fishing, and dining on great seafood while
enjoying the white sand and the crystal clear waters
of the Indian Ocean. Click here or on
the photo to tour the island resort
You may remember this little corner of Southeast Asia as Burma. Whatever the name, this still relatively isolated country is home to some of the wonders of the ancient world. Our mega-site show the highlights of the capital city of Yangon, including the spectacular Shwedagon Paya, the ancient city of Bagan with it fantastic temples and stupas, and the beach area of Nagapoli. Click here or on the image to see all the sights of this magical kingdom. . .
Visit Some of the Highlights of Sri Lanka
Our single page on the Lighthouse Hotel (the photo on the right) has been expanded to an entire virtual tour of Sri Lanka, thanks to a trip we took there in December 2002. Come visit the cities of Colombo, Kandy and Galle. Visit the spectacular ruins of Polunnaruwa and Sigiriya. Marvel at the Temple of the Tooth, or tour a tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya. All this and more is just a click away. To visit this beautiful island off the coast of India, click here or on the picture of the Lighthouse Hotel. . . .
Bangkok: Thailand's Capital City
We spent part of spring break enjoying the
peaceful setting of the Banyan Tree Bangkok, where we were
pampered during a three day visit. In addition to the spa
retreat, we also got to sample some of the unique shopping
opportunities afforded by Bangkok's capital city. On a
subsequent trip we got to visit Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand's
most sacred temple comples Come along for some
shopping, relaxation, and a bit of culture
Sam Roi Yot: See
the attractions of "Undiscovered Thailand"
4 hours south of Bangkok lies Sam
Roi Yot, often referred to a "Undiscovered Thailand." We have
owned a small house there for the past ten years. Below are
some of the sights from this holiday paradise.
Sam Roi Yot
The Beach Village: Our little corner of Thailand
Visit The Outback
Singapore American School sponsors ten-day trips in February of each year. Along with another faculty member, I escorted 20 students on a journey through Western Australia. Camping out under the stars, we climbed, went caving, sailed, canoed, visited towns and ranches. The entire trip is captured day-by-day, activity-by-activity on this web page, which I made for the school. The site is very interactive, with movies, diary entries, videos, sounds--you name it! Click here or on the photo to the left to visit Western Australia.
Margaret River, Western
Australia: The Wine Country--Then and Now
We have made two trips to the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia, one in March of 2006 when living in Singapore, and a return trip with family in December of 2019. The latest trip description features a virtual tour of the wineries we visited. Tour the wineries and see what a difference 14 years makes! Visit Margaret River
CENTRAL AND NORTH AMERICA:
San Miguel de Allende:
Voted "The most beautiful city in the world" by Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast, this UNESCO World Heritage site is our home in the western hemisphere. Come sample the beauty, history and culture of this gem of Mexican colonial architecture.
South Carolina:Fripp Island
Tour the Vistas of Fripp Island
A perenially favorite holiday spot of ours, Fripp
Island is the outermost island in a barrier chain off the
coast of South Carolina. No visit to the US is complete
without a stop there to spend time with Tracy's family. We
have created a virtual tour of some of the island's scenic
spots, which you may access by clicking on the photo to the
left, or on the link above.
In and Around London:
Take a virtual tour of the historic landmarks in and around the Westminster area. The tour contains a separate virtual tour of The Tower of London, and panoramic views from the British Airways Eye and Trafalgar Square. To begin the tour, click here or on the image of Big Ben. At last, a trip through London without rain or cold!
Experience the Charm of
Mougins is a town of unalloyed charm, nestled in the mountains of Provence, overlooking the Mediterranean. It is a village of scenic beauty, and a gastronomic haven. Let's take a stroll through through the heart of the city center and take in its medieval charm. . .
Visit a Villa in Cabris:
Take a virtual tour of the L'adret de Ribas Villa in Cabis, Provence where we enjoyed our second visit in four years.
Take a Day Trip
Biot is a village renowned for its crafts, particularly the distinctive glassware that is still individually produced. See these artisans at work . . .
Summer Fun on the Cote
See some of the sights in this beautiful city, located in the heart of the French Riviera
Florence: Visit the Cradle of the Renaissance:
Our first stop of
the summer after leaving Singapore was the Italian city of
Florence, home to many of the world's art treasures and food
par excellence. On our first trip to this city we rented an
apartment in Oltrarno, the city's old quarter, home to
craftsman and artists of every variety. From this base, we
spent a week visiting the sights and sampling the food.
While nothing can replace being there in person, perhaps our
Virtual Florence will provide you with a taste of life in
this magnificent city. Click here or on
the picture of the Duomo to start your tour. . .
In the summer of 2004 we began our vacation
by traveling to again to Italy, this time spending a week
shaking off jet lag in the magical city of Venice. Armed with
far too few Euros, but a trusty tripod and an adequate supply
of memory cards, we sampled with cultural and culinary
delights of this city of canals. So quit fretting about the
plummeting dollar and take a virtual tour of Venice. We offer
two versions: a tour of the cultural highlights (featuring the
major works of art from the major museums and cathedrals) and
an interactive map, filled with panoramas of this fabled city.
Cheaper (by far) than a gondola ride, your tour awaits you . .
In early July 2019 we took a southern turn on our
Baltic Tour to visit Latvia. Our travels took us to Riga,
Jurmala, Cesis and Amatciems, and included tours of castles,
medieval cities, Cold War Bunkers, and Food festivals. Click here on the photo
to take a tour of this magical place, with its blend of
ancient history and unspoiled nature.
Slovenia has everything that
the traveler looks for in a destination. Located in the
shadow of the Alps, it abounds with natural beauty. It a
land of inviting cosmpolitan cities such as the capital of
Ljubljana, beautiful coastal towns steeped in ancient
history such as Piran, and storybook settings such as Bled
Castle, overlooking the lake of the same name. Brimming
with beauty and charm, it is but a short distance from
both Croatia and Austria. Click here to be
transported to this Eastern European gem. We don't know
why Melania left!
Mallorca, in the
Islas de Baleares
The island of Mallorca is not all tourists and beaches. It possesses a rugged character that few experience. Join us on a tour of the island's interior. . . .
Visit Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is a scenic port town with a distinct charm. From its beautiful harbor to its castles, cathedrals and forts, Palma's old city is one of the gems of the Mediterranean. See for yourself . . .
Istanbul: At the Crossroads of Europe and Asia
Istanbul straddles the Bosporus, the link between the Asian Near East and Europe. Nothing symbolizes that duality more than the Hagia Sofia, the grand Christian Cathedral later transformed into a mosque during that period when the Asian side of the Bosporus was in ascendancy. We visited this beautiful city this spring as presenters at the Near East South Asia Conference of schools (NESA). We enjoyed the conference, and had a wonderful time sampling the sights of this ancient city. Click here to see the sights of Istanbul. . .
Visit the Great Pyramids of Ghiza
We finally got a chance to visit the Great Pyramids on our recent track trip to Cairo. It was truly a spectacular sight! Visit our Pyramid page and see pictures of Great Pyramides and the Sphinx at both day and night. Come on in. . .
Tour Byblos, the Oldest
City in the World
Byblos is reported to be the oldest city in the world in continuous existence. Located on the Mediterranean about 30 minutes north of Beirut, it boasts a sea side Crusader's Castle, plus wonderfully preserved remnants of the Phoenician, Egyptian, Alexandrian and Roman civilization who made their mark on this port city. Come along for a tour of this town famous also as a center of letters. Byblos, from whence we get the word Bible, is an Arabic term for papyrus, and for centuries this city prospered as a seat of government and learning. Our tour starts at the Sea Wall. . .
See the sights from this ancient port in southern Lebanon. An ancient Phoenician port and a Crusader stronghold, Sidon has much to offer the traveler, from a magnificent harbor to ancient souks. Come and experience the charm of this port city with a rich past...........
Tyre, the southernmost major city in Lebanon is a charming port city, replete with lovely old souks, a fishing port, and a wealth of Archeological finds. Double-click here, or on the harbor picture
Fall Break Visit to
the Chouf Mountains
During our October fall break we set out to visit some of the sights in the Chouf Mountains, southeast of Beirut. See highlights of our visit to the Cedars of the Chouf, the Beiteddine Palace and a trip to the Kefraya winery in the Bekka Valley. Click here or on the picture to start the tour. . .
Immerse Yourself in
On our last break we visited the most spectacular set of Roman ruins in the Middle East, the temple complex of Baalbeck in the beautiful Bekka valley. We now bring it to you in the form of VIRTUAL BAALBEK, the only virtual reality tour of this spectacular site on the world wide web. Tour each of the temples via interlocking panoramas, as well as the attractions of the surrounding area. Months in the making, VIRTUAL BAALBEK is but a click away. . .
Just a short distance away from Baalbck in
the Bekka Valley are the ruins of the ancient Omayaad city of
Anjar, in its heydey a major city on the trade routes going
south to Palestine or east toward Damascus. VIRTUAL ANJAR takes you through
a tour of the major features of this once bustling city. The next tour is about to depart. .
Visit the "Old City" of Damascus
Come take a quick tour of the Old City of Damascus and seek the souks (markets), the famous Omayyad Mosque, and a few architectural delights of this ancient city.
Our second stop on winter
holiday was in the Syrian city of Aleppo, shown here. We stayed
at an old merchant serai in the Armenian quarter which had been
converted into a charming hotel. We saw the sights of Aleppo,
including the souk, the imposing citadel, and some amazing
restaurants (in stark contrast to our culinary experiences in
Damascus. Click here or on the
picture to see the sights of Aleppo. . .
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